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# After several years of rapid growth, the health care company

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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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06 Oct 2007, 08:56
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After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

How is "falling(present participle)months behind in paying" modifying the previous clause, which is in past tense.

Don't we need , "fallen months behind in paying" to modify the clause in past tense.
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06 Oct 2007, 09:10
waiting_to_exhale wrote:
IMO - E
The others sound incorrect

Okey, It is obvious why A,B and C are incorrect.
Now, the problem with D is the use of double gerund ( not correct).
D will be okay had it been ....

proved unable to..........., falling blah, blah,blah.
or
proving unable to...........fell months behind blah, blah,blah.

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23 Nov 2008, 04:30
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest
health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the
increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months
behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months
behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in paying
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23 Nov 2008, 08:32
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IMO :E
My reasoning in line ...

Its a 2/3 split question ..
Between C D and E .
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in its paying...sounds akward .
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in paying..wrong tense
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in paying
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25 Nov 2008, 12:57
I would go with C..

here we need "it" because we are starting another logically independent clause, which is contradiciting the logic of the first clause..therefore we need it..
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25 Nov 2008, 13:14
I go with C as well.

First you need to determine if you are going with "while" or "but". While just doesn't make sense in this sentence so that eliminates A and B.

D is wrong tense with "proving".

So between C and E, tough one there but I like the pronoun "it" better.
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company become one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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24 Feb 2009, 20:30
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company become one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

I think there is type mistake in the quesiton "become " should be "became "

"but" is better than "while" in this context
A,B --out.
it -- ambigous
A,B,C out

D --> proving wrong \

I will go with E.

Health care provider became ..., but then <health care provider > proved unable to handle business.
Parallel and concise..

Good Question.

See below similar sentece:

To suggest in an affirmative sense what the first part of the sentence implied in a negative way (sometimes replaced by on the contrary): "The club never invested foolishly, but used the services of a sage investment counselor."
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

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11 May 2009, 03:37
When handling difficult SC questions, my strategy is to eliminate possibilities and arrive at the answer.

I eliminate A and B simply because of the "while" modifier. Not that the modifier is wrong, but because it seems quite obvious (to me at least) that the sentence is trying to say a company grew huge, then it got too big for its britches and fell apart. The modifier "while" implies that the company was expanding and falling behind on its payments concurrently. That doesn't make sense at all, so I'm throwing these two out.

Now I eliminate C because "falling months behind in its paying doctors doctors and hospitals" is grammatically incorrect ("its" is superfluous)

Now I am left with D and E. I eliminate D because "but then proving" is not the right tense as the first half of the sentence (simple past tense.) So by virtue of parallelism and tense agreement, I think E is the answer.
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11 May 2009, 04:07
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When handling difficult SC questions, my strategy is to eliminate possibilities and arrive at the answer.

I eliminate A and B simply because of the "while" modifier. Not that the modifier is wrong, but because it seems quite obvious (to me at least) that the sentence is trying to say a company grew huge, then it got too big for its britches and fell apart. The modifier "while" implies that the company was expanding and falling behind on its payments concurrently. That doesn't make sense at all, so I'm throwing these two out.

Now I eliminate C because "falling months behind in its paying doctors doctors and hospitals" is grammatically incorrect ("its" is superfluous)

Now I am left with D and E. I eliminate D because "but then proving" is not the right tense as the first half of the sentence (simple past tense.) So by virtue of parallelism and tense agreement, I think E is the answer.

OK, A,B and D are definitely incorrect. Your explanation about ungrammatical its finally ignites me some grammatical sensation. Initially, I thought its paying doctors and hospitals is definitely grammatical: possessive pronoun + present participle V + Noun, and quickly neglecting this respect to focus on meaning

However, it seems like if its were still kept in the sentence, it should be its paid doctors and hospitals --> doctors are paid, not paying --> that's my problem

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I like this question as it tests several concepts.
E.

The meaning suggests that we need contrasting "but", not "while" in the way it is used.
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying ask yourselves, do we really need a pronoun "it"? What if we can make "but" portion of the sentence parallel with the first part of the sentence? Say, "company became blah blah blah but then proved blah blah blah" is much better. In this case, "company" is the subject of both "became" and "proved", and therefore there is no need for "it". Such "it"s introduce circularity to the sentence and therefore should be be avoided. Also, "it" can refer to "Metropolitan area"
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying "proving" is not parallel with "became"
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying Correct - See C

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E . WE can eliminate D for using proving...A,B and C are emoved because they use "it" and its not clear what "it" refers to...So E is the answer...
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12 May 2009, 21:44
There's one critical error in this sentence and that's similar to subject verb agreement. The subject in question here is 'payment' - it has to be in plural. If you identify this then the rest is quite easy. You are left with options D and E. It's easy to eliminate D as 'proving' indicates a present continuous action, where as the intention is for a past action.
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13 May 2009, 11:30
C and E are almost same except two pronouns - it and its - in C. So E is concise and better.
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As mentioned before there is a subject verb misalignment. Payment in the original should have been plural. Leaves us with D & E.

D can be be comfortably crossed out as it refers to present cont. whilst this is to have been in the past.

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14 May 2009, 00:12
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

P?S: with each post, I will pose question against your explanation until I meet a stronger one than mine

C is the best

1. Guys, pay attention to the clue:Right before the underlined part of the sentence, you have a comma. The comma is the clue here, and the comma suggests that the sentence needs an independent clause that is parallel with the main clause "the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area". So D and E out

2. You need a participle "falling..." here to show the result of "Unable to handle the increase in business" of the company, so B out

3. I dont know how to explain the error in "its payment to", but A out (for me)

C remains
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Minheequang wrote:
After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

P?S: with each post, I will pose question against your explanation until I meet a stronger one than mine

C is the best

1. Guys, pay attention to the clue:Right before the underlined part of the sentence, you have a comma. The comma is the clue here, and the comma suggests that the sentence needs an independent clause that is parallel with the main clause "the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area". So D and E out

2. You need a participle "falling..." here to show the result of "Unable to handle the increase in business" of the company, so B out

3. I dont know how to explain the error in "its payment to", but A out (for me)

C remains

Here it says that OA is E: sc-gmatprep-1-healthcare-76041.html#p572414
However, you raised a point about comma that I find interesting.
Given we now know the OA, I would be keen to know what you think.
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Here's how to ellipse:

After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became $$X($$one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area$$)$$, but then proved $$Y($$unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying$$)$$

company became X but (then) proved Y

falling... is a descriptive verb modifier, which the GMAT absolutely loves.

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15 May 2009, 07:36
I remmember somewhere in OG that if I want to use comma before conjunction, I must use a clause. Now I cannt find what sentence in OG. May be I misremember.

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